MISSING THE CUT
The World Cup is the peak of many players' careers and a fulfilment of a footballing dream.
But what is it like to miss out? Ian Wright tells all to Sky Sports
Why I Love the World Cup - Jacklin
Tony Jacklin tells Sky Sports why he loves the World Cup
With a tricky beginning to the World Cup looming for England against Italy in Manaus on 14th June, Roy Hodgson and his squad, who will be named on Monday, can take heart from the fact that many previous generations have not always kicked off in style.
Even the country's finest footballing year, 1966, opened in a pedestrian fashion so could it be a good omen if England do not fly out of the blocks in Brazil?
One to watch
No.33 - Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool skipper heads to his fourth World Cup on the back of a superb season with his boyhood club. Having reinvented himself as a deep-lying midfielder the England No.4 has led by an example as Liverpool go close to an unlikely title win.
Who to follow
No.33 - @SkySportsStatto
Our very own stat team provide frequently updated gems from the world of football, including the following: 'Frank Lampard makes 100th CL app (all Chelsea) - 6th British player to reach milestone after Giggs, Scholes, G Neville, Beckham & A Cole'.
World Cup greats
No.33 - Sir Bobby Charlton
England's all-time record goalscorer and, along with his brother - Jack, a World Cup winner with his country in 1966. Charlton is an English footballing icon and the sight of him lining up a shot from long range used to strike fear into the hearts of defenders.